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Night Nurse Hero

Film

Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI

Night Nurse

Unclassified 15+
Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian

23 Mar

This pre-Code crime drama featuring early performances by Stanwyck, Joan Blondell and Clark Gable, begins with a portrait of women’s labour in a hospital before shifting to a sinister mystery involving con men, child abuse, greed and Gable as a villainous chauffeur. A saucy, wisecracking Stanwyck exudes sexual power and toughness as well as maternal compassion while standing up for injustice.

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  • Director William A. Wellman takes advantage of pre-Code moral permissiveness to include women disrobing, witty double entendres, drunkenness, violence and a pro-vengeance ending.